Today, I am sharing some of the activities we have used lately with our study of clouds, as well as links to some additional resources that may be helpful for you if you are teaching this topic as well. I will continue to share different aspects of our weather study, but it will take multiple posts to cover it all … there's so much to learn and do! :)
Now, about those clouds...
I started with two wonderful texts for teaching about weather -specifically when you want children to think about how clouds are formed and change. Both of these are great supplemental texts for teaching about clouds and the water cycle.
Then, the students used finger-paint to mimic Eric Carle's illustrations in Little Cloud. We started with basic white paint on blue construction paper. The only rule was that they cover the blue space; no shapes or specific patterns were necessary.
I was amazed by the individuality that still emerged among their finished paint smearings. You just cannot escape the uniqueness of childhood.
The students walked outside and looked at the sky to find different shapes. Then, they returned to the classroom to recreate the shape with their painted paper. To coincide with their artwork, each student used the writing prompt "I looked up at the sky and thought a saw a _____ but it was just a cloud."
Here are a few finished samples:
More to come on weather! :)